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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album out of place and time, 17 Feb 2006
This review is from: Indiscreet (Audio CD)
When first released in 1975, Indiscreet was a major departure from the Sparks sound typified by the previous 2 albums (Kimono and Propaganda). The introduction of orchestral string sounds and layered vocals coupled with the massive diversity of song styles present on the album, was perhaps too big a step for many fans at the time and as a result the album enjoyed less commercial success than its predecesors. For many years 'Indiscreeet' sat as a bit of an enigma within the sparks back catalogue, never easily 'fitting in'.
That is until now - Listening for the first time 30 years on, you might be excused for believing that 'Indiscreet' was released around the same time as 'lil Beethoven' or 'Hello young lovers'. If you have either of these 2 albums (and you should) and are looking where to go next - Look no further and purchase this extraordinary album.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparks at its most eclectic., 9 Jan 2001
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audioscapes@yahoo.com (San Luis Obispo, California, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Indiscreet (Audio CD)
While not as energetic as its two predecessors, "Kimono My House" and "Propaganda," "Indiscreet" covers a wider range of musical styles than either of Sparks' two Muff Winwood-produced releases. Under the helm of Tony Visconti, the Mael brothers' talent for writing superb, charming (albeit novelty) songs becomes pronounced in tracks such as "Under the Table with Her," "It Ain't 1918," and "Without Using Hands." "Indiscreet" contains several all-time Sparks classics ("Lady is Lingering," "Happy Hunting Ground," "Looks Looks Looks," "Tits") as well as more subtly satisfying tunes ("Hospitality on Parade," "How Are You Getting Home?")The only real clunker is the repetative "Get in the Swing." Included are three bonus/single tracks: the lyrically fast-paced "Profile," the ever-so-strange "England," and the extremely over-produced, yet vocally charming, cover of "I Want to Hold Your Hand." "Indiscreet" remains the last truly great Sparks album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool stuff, 29 April 2006
This review is from: Indiscreet (Audio CD)
After only hearing "No.1 In Heaven" and "Terminal Jive" it took me a little while to get get my head around this one, but it is great once you get into the swing of it. No two songs are in the same vien / style, which must have taken some doing - my favourites are "Happy Hunting Ground", "Pineapple", "Miss The Start, Miss The End" and "England". Well worth checking out if you've just got into their latest stuff and are curious about their earlier songs. The cover is very cool too.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indiscreet, 19 Feb 2006
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I. H. C. Mellor "mihcm" (Milton Keynes) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Indiscreet (Audio CD)
An old favourite. I bought it on vinyl originally, and on hearing the CD, it is still brilliant.
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